Sullivan County has been added to the list Indiana areas impacted by a pest that destroys ash trees.
Emerald ash borer, an invasive insect that kills ash trees has been detected for the first time in Sullivan, as well as Jennings, Pike, Scott, Spencer and Warrick counties, an Indiana Department of Natural Resources news release states.
Currently, Indiana operates under a quarantine system that seeks to stem the advance of the insect.
Because moving firewood spreads forest pests, the quarantine regulates the movement of certain materials, such as whole ash trees, ash limbs, untreated ash lumber with the bark attached, and cut firewood of any hardwood species with the bark attached.
“With emerald ash borer detections in these new counties, the effectiveness of the quarantine is being evaluated,” the news release states. “A decision will be announced in the new year as to whether the county-level quarantine will continue.
“Visitors to DNR properties may only bring in firewood if it is certified by the USDA or DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, or is free of bark,” the release continues.